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Be yourself;everyone else is already taken.

- Oscar Wilde -

Who we are and
what we do​

Be yourself, enjoy others.
Take risks, build confidence.
Be safe and have fun.

Castlemaine Circus has created an inclusive and accessible space and offers classes for all ages in Circus Skills, Aerial Arts and Parkour. We foster an environment where students can take safe risks, support each other and have fun.

Students learn all the fabulous skills and techniques of circus, aerial and parkour in a positive, collaborative environment. They develop physical and emotional skills including strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, self confidence and creative expression.

Castlemaine Circus was established in 2013 as a direct response to ongoing requests from the community for childrens’ circus classes. Established as a not-for-profit incorporated association, by a committee of volunteers, classes started in February 2014.

We began with three classes a week, and we now run 25 classes a week, enrol 300 students of all ages and engage 12 amazing trainers from the region. We run a student trainer program and celebrate each year with an end of year Celebration Week and Circus Show. We partner with other organisations to provide circus for the community, including CHIRP Community Health, YMCA, Castlemaine Secondary College and local primary schools.

It takes a community to make a circus, and it couldn’t have happened without the support of our start up funding partners, the outstanding generosity of families and the ongoing efforts of our passionate staff, trainers and board.

Staff

Kirsty Sutherland (General Manager)

Castlemaine Circus is a wonderful place to work and it’s great being a part of the cultural life of our town. I love what the circus offers– a place where you can be yourself and be accepted for being you. The circus celebrates the intersection of creativity and physicality and allows people to find their own strengths, push their own boundaries and enjoy others. The Castlemaine Circus is a great place to hang out and to be your best.

Our Board

Sam Archer (Chair)
Jane Goodrich (Vice Chair)
Armstrong Scherlies (Secretary)
Kerry Bourke (Treasurer)
Sarah Myles

Community
Partners

Castlemaine Circus would like to thank these people for all the generous support they have offered to us over the past few years.

Rotary Club of Castlemaine:
Over the last three years we have partnered with Rotary Club of Castlemaine. They have generously provided us with funds to purchase equipment, supported our fundraising activities and performances.

Kathryn Hall –  Website design & build – MELD creative

Grant Victor-Gordon – Risk Management support

Previously we have been supported by:

Mount Alexander Shire Council

Maldon and District Community Bank

Lions Club of Castlemaine

FRRR

Regional Arts Victoria

Creative Victoria